Øyvind Holmstad


In search of the commons

The good thing about losing everything is that it forces you to become flexible and to search for new opportunities.

June 10, 2014


Medieval Spanish ghost town now self-sufficient ecovillage

“It’s a utopian fantasy- discover a ghost town and rebuild it in line with your ideals-, but in Spain where there are nearly 3000 abandoned villages (most dating back to the Middle Ages), some big dreamers have spent the past 3 decades doing just that.

February 11, 2014


A Zen View Upon the World (Less is More)

Today, at least in Norway, we have too much of everything, and hence we value nothing.

December 5, 2013


Leon Krier: Architecture in the Age of Austerity

This lecture by Leon Krier is one of the most informative I’ve ever watched on the field of architecture, each minute is a flash of insight.

November 22, 2013


The Ancient Taberna in a Future World

No, the Trajan Market was not at all like today’s ’supermarkets’ — it was a superb market!

September 17, 2013


The man who started a fire (Christopher Alexander Lecture at Berkeley, California)

As said in the introduction to this lecture held in spring 2011, Christopher Alexander has started a fire that keeps on burning, spread by the “wind” throughout the world. But in the wake of this fire there’s no ash, but only beauty and true living structure. As in the new cosmology of Alexander, matter is not inert anymore — it has spirit, revealed in the field of centers. This means that beauty is seen as a fact of the wholeness found in nature and the universe.

September 19, 2012

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